On June 25th, representatives from NGOs and Government institutions met at USP’s Lower Campus. Organizers of the workshop, Institute of Marine Resources/USP and WWF Fiji Programme, aimed to gather all stakeholders, to put together and agree on a toolkit that would assist with community outreach in terms of raising awareness on the plight of sea turtles and how individuals, groups or organisations can contribute to this challenge. This workshop will begin to address and implement actions that have been highlighted in the National Turtle Recovery Plan.
Participants of the workshop were from Live and Learn Environmental Education, WWF, Institute of Maine Resources, Institute of Applied Science/FLMMA, Mamanuca Environment Society, Curriculum Development Unit/Ministry for Education, LajeRotuma Initiative, and Fisheries Department, Pacific Communities in Development Fiji, Wildlife Conservation Society, and National Trust of Fiji.
To assist in putting together a standard toolkit that would be efficient and effective for turtle conservation work in Fiji, all participating organisations were given the opportunity to present the various materials and methods they currently employ in their project sites. This was indeed a learning experience which benefited all present.